2017 ACC Football Predictions: Who Wins?
FSU and Clemson locked in battle.
Finally, we’ve gotten into The Bracket Yard’s wheelhouse with the 2017 ACC football predictions.
After all, this website’s operator blogged about an ACC school for six years. Objectively, it also happened to be the best conference in college football last season. One can argue the point all they wish, but it’s true. The data backs it up as well.
Be that as it may, this is a new season with new contenders. Clemson may not be the best team in the ACC any longer. Will Florida State climb back to the top of the hill, or does Dabo Swinney and his BYOG crew have more tricks up their sleeves? Finally, is there room for another contender, like Louisville or Virginia Tech?
2017 ACC Football Predictions: But First, The Preseason Poll
In parenthesis is the AP preseason poll ranking, if applicable.
1. Florida State Seminoles (3)
2. Clemson Tigers (5)
3. Louisville Cardinals (17)
4. NC State Wolfpack
5. Wake Forest Demon Deacons
6. Syracuse Orange
7. Boston College Eagles
1. Miami Hurricanes (18)
2. Virginia Tech Hokies (22)
3. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
4. Pittsburgh Panthers
5. North Carolina Tar Heels
6. Duke Blue Devils
7. Virginia Cavaliers
Florida State was projected as the conference’s champion by the media with 118 out of 167 votes. Some wiseguy also voted for Duke, so there’s that.
2017 ACC Football Predictions: Atlantic Teams To Watch
Good luck breaking into the mix in the ACC Atlantic. There are two titans, Florida State and Clemson, and Louisville as a third option with their reigning Heisman winner, Lamar Jackson. The belief is that NC State also looks like a dark horse. Spoiler alert: the Pack are not going to win the division, but this could be a solid eight or nine-win team.
Whichever team fights its way out of the division will be a College Football Playoff contender. This, of course, assumes they don’t enter the title game with a few losses. Looking at the Seminoles and Tigers’ schedules, there are not a lot of defeats on either, if any at all. Both teams are loaded, well-coached, and ready for war. The team that wins their contest at Death Valley on November 11 is the likely division champion.
One also cannot discount the possibility that a 13-0 Florida State and 11-1 Clemson, or vice versa, both make the College Football Playoff. This would require some of the Big Ten powers, and perhaps USC in the Pac-12, tripping up at some point.
2017 ACC Football Predictions: Coastal Teams To Watch
Virginia Tech had a great first year under Justin Fuente. He’s bringing them boys back to the (not-recent) Beamer days of contending every season. The Hokies being “back” is a positive development for the ACC, as at least one Virginia team has to not suck.
Now is the point on the calendar where we overinflate Miami. They may turn out to be a damn good football team, but there is a certain amount of hype that goes into this. The Hurricanes have had some favorable preseason polls in recent years, but have not won their division since the ACC Championship was instituted in 2005. Mark Richt has them moving in the right direction, however. Brad Kaaya is gone at quarterback, and while a new starter hasn’t been named, you know they aren’t hurting for talent.
2017 ACC Football Predictions: Our Atlantic Picks
|1. Florida State Seminoles|
|2. Clemson Tigers|
|3. Louisville Cardinals|
|4. NC State Wolfpack|
|5. Wake Forest Demon Deacons|
|6. Boston College Eagles|
|7. Syracuse Orange|
2017 ACC Football Predictions: Our Coastal Picks
|1. Virginia Tech Hokies|
|2. Miami Hurricanes|
|3. Pittsburgh Panthers|
|4. North Carolina Tar Heels|
|5. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets|
|6. Duke Blue Devils|
|7. Virginia Cavaliers|
We predict Florida State as the 2017 ACC champion.